Thanks for sharing those great photos with all of us, good luck with it being accepted as a new species. Dave.
Thanks Dave .
But it might just be an old forgotten species, a deleted one. It will be a hard work to write an appropriate article. I'm no taxonomist nor botanist, just an enthusiast so i will have to learn a LOT before i write something acceptable and get help from friends and expert people.
This is why all comments from you guys are welcome.
Working on those indochina species is quite exciting but frustrating too. There is a lack of material (herbarium) and a lack of information about the locations where the plants have been collected. Fortunately, i speak cambodian and french and most of the herbarium material dwell in Paris, so it seems that i could fit the job ;D (we'll see! )
Whatever, this plant will soon enter cultivation for i have sent seeds to some of the major nurseries and to a dozen of very seasoned growers.
I'm very sad - and furious- to inform you that the cambodian government has sold most of Bokor Hill to a private party. They plan to build... a casino and two international hotels on top of the hill (like in the colonial times). The access is now forbidden. The rough rocky trail is currently being destroyed and replaced by a large modern road which will lead mini- cars of tourists to the summit. Most of the N. bokor populations I found grow not far from the road side so they will be very likely wiped during the process. I know from a botanist that some rare orchids have already been destroyed.
Please, those who have the chance to grow the plants, take care of them and spread them in cultivation.
I really hope the species grows somewhere else. François.
Were all the specimens with the name "thorelii", or without any name from Bokor Hill area?
Chances are it does grow somewhere else nearby at least. Any ideas about hills near the area?
It would be so nice to start a new political party. Maybe name it, The Tea Party II for Americans, not racist anti-American douches that hate their neighbors? We need to reform our politics, not make them more partisan and dumber.